Showing posts with label Baby Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby Health. Show all posts

September 17, 2013

BABY HEALTH CARE TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE CARE YOUR BABY - New Baby Born Caring Guide

HEALTH CARE TIPS FOR CARING A NEWBORN BABY
Caring and handling a newborn baby is a bit difBABY HEALTH CAREficult for a mother but the mothers should have knowledge about how to take care of the baby and the basic requirements of a baby. In simple words, the caring word implies to prevent the baby from the illness and to help in the proper growth and development of the baby. 

The mothers should be prepared for the required and effective new born baby care before the delivery. This article mainly focuses on the basic requirements of a baby and can help the mothers in providing basic care to their babies by using the medical health care tips provided in this article.

DAILY ROUTINE HEALTH CARE TIPS THAT A MOTHER SHOULD IMPLEMENT IN DAILY LIFE TO MAKE HER BAY HEALTHY AND FIT:

1). PROVIDING WARMTH TO THE BABY: Providing warmth to the baby is very necessary as the baby comes to a new environment and the temperature of this new environment is less as compared to the mother’s uterus so extra warmth should be provided to the baby to prevent the hypothermia (low body temperature) as the low temperature can lead to many problems. These health care tips can help in preventing the low temperature of the baby:
 A). Always keep the baby dry by changing the diaper as soon as baby urinates.
B). Always keep the baby wrapped with two layered adequate clothing according to the season.
C). Keep baby’s head & extremities well covered by cap & socks.
D). Keep the baby close to the mother or baby can be kept is skin to skin contact with the mother.
2). PROPER BREASTFEEDING: A mother should know how to feed her baby properly. Below we post some important points that a mother should know about breastfeeding:
A). Breast feeding should be started within half an hour of delivery.
B). Breast feeding should be done by appropriate technique for this you can refer to our previous article that is on breast feeding techniques.
C). First breast feed (milk) called COLOSTRUM should be given to baby, this should not be discarded.
D). Breast feed should be given every two hourly or according to the demand of the baby.
E). After each breast feed burping should be done.
F). Only breast feed should be given to baby for the first six months of age nothing else such as ghutti, honey, cow milk should be given to baby.
3). BABY BATH & SKINCARE: A mother should know “How to gave a proper bath to her baby”. Read the important points below regarding the skin care of the baby:
A). During first or second day of birth usually baby should not be bathed; sponging should be done gently.
B). Vigorous attempts should be avoided to clean the baby’s skin from vernix caseosa (white layering of skin), it generally shed off with time.
C). Baby bath should be given by using warm water in a warm room gently & quickly.
D). Fans, windows& doors should be closed during baby bath.
E). Baby’s head should be dried immediately as most of the heat loss occurs from the head because the surface area of the head is more as compared to other body parts of the baby.
F). Baby should be dried quickly &should be wrapped in a dry warm towel or clothing.
G). Unnecessary exposure to the baby should be avoided.
H). During the winter session sponging is preferred than bathing.
I). Oil massage should be done before baby bath as massaging increases the circulation, provides insulation against heat & prevents insensible heat loss. Massage should be done by using baby oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Mustard oil should be avoided as it causes irritation to the baby’s skin.
4). BABY CARE OF THE UMBLICAL CORD:
A). Cord should be observed continuously for the bleeding or the loosening of the cord stump.
B). Nothing like oil, ghee etc. should be applied to the cord.
C). Cord should be kept dry & open always.
D). Normally it falls off after 5 to 10 days but may take more time if it is infected.
5). BABY CARE OF EYES: Baby Health care tips to take care baby eyes:
A). Eyes should be cleaned daily by using the cotton swabs soaked in boiled water, these should be squeezed nicely.
B). Each eye should be cleaned by using a single swab.
C). Eyes should be cleaned from inner to outer part of the eye to prevent the infection to other eye if occur.
D). Kajal should not be applied to the eyes to prevent the infection or the lead poisoning to the eyes.
E). Eyes should be observed daily for the redness, sticky discharge or yellowness as in the jaundice the sclera of the eyes becomes yellow.
6). PROPER CLOTHING OF THE BABY:
A). Baby’s cloths should be loose, soft &open from front & of cotton. These should be open from the front side for easy wearing.
B). A triangle of square piece of thick, soft absorbent cloth should be used as a napkin.
C). Cloths should not be tight especially around the neck or abdomen.
D). Baby’s cloths should be washed daily & should be dried well in the sunlight or by ironing the clothes as this will help in killing the microbes.
E). There should be separate clothing especially the towel of the baby & should be washed by using mild detergent that should be washed & sun dried properly to prevent skin irritation.
7). IMMUNIZATION:
A). Mother should be aware about the immunization schedule for the baby.
B). Immunization card of the baby should be up to date according to the National Immunization Schedule.
C). Mother should get immunized the baby according to the National Immunization Schedule.
D). Mother should be aware about the side effects of the immunization & to consult the doctor if these aggravate.
E). Mother should have knowledge about the importance of the immunization.
8). GENERAL BABY CARE & FOLLOW UP: Below are some more general baby care tips that a mother should know to take care of her baby properly:
A). Mother & baby should be kept in one room.
B). Hands should be washed properly before touching the baby.
C). No infected or diseased person should take care of baby.
D). Baby’s hygiene should be maintained regularly.
E). Baby’s environment should be kept clean by regular cleaning & mopping.
F). Wet nappies should be changed immediately.
G). Weight monitoring should be done regularly.
H). Each baby should be followed up, at least once every month for first three months & subsequently 3 months interval till one year of age.
I). Don’t give unhygienically prepared herbal preparations such as ghutti, gripe water to baby.
By using these all Baby health care tips a mother can care her baby effectively & can promote the well being of her baby by reducing the chances of infections & diseases.

September 9, 2013

HEALTH CARE TIPS FOR WOMEN ON PROPER BREAST FEEDING - Best Methods of Breastfeeding

baby care tips
Best Methods of Breastfeeding

In the Last Health informative article we discussed the various benefits of Breastfeeding and how essential and useful is breastfeeding for a child and to her mother. 

If you want to check out our previous article on women's health education on “What is Breast Feeding and Various Benefits of Breast Milk” then you can CLICK HERE. Now in this Health care awareness article, we are sharing some essential Health caring tips that a mother should take care of during the breastfeeding of their baby.

HEALTH CARE TIPS FOR THE MOTHERS TO BREAST FEED THEIR BABY
1). After normal delivery, first, breastfeeding should be started within one to half an hour after delivery, in cesarean delivery, first, breastfeeding should be started with-in four to six hours of delivery.

2). The mother should give breastfeed to the baby every two hourly & it should be demand-based according to the need of baby.

3). After each breastfeeds burp the baby by taking him/her at your shoulder & by massaging the back of the baby.

4). The duration of each breast feed should be 5-10 minutes from each breast; this will helps the baby to get both the fore as well as hind milk. 

Fore milk is the milk which is secreted at the starting of breast feeding & is rich in the proteins, vitamins & minerals. Hind milk is the milk which is secreted at the end of breast feeding & is rich in the fat & energy, so it is very important for the mother to breast feed her baby completely from one breast so that the baby completely empty the breast & get the both hind as well as fore milk.

5). Every time mother should breastfeed the baby from the alternate breasts.

6). After each breastfeeds baby should be placed on right side this will help in the prevention of regurgitation.

7). The mother should continue exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age. The baby should be given only the breast milk and nothing else, not even water for 6 months of age.

8). Complementary feeding to the child should be started after the six months of age but breastfeeding should be continued up to 2 years of age or beyond it.

9). Mother should maintain her hygiene, she should take bath daily & wash her breast & wear clean blouse & brassiere to prevent diarrhea etc.

10). The majority of the mothers can successfully breastfeed their baby but some mothers especially the first time mothers having problems in breastfeeding their baby so It is very important for the mother to correctly breastfeed her baby by using the correct technique.

 Health information on How a mother can correctly breastfeed the baby:
Before giving the breast feed mother should be completely relaxed both the physically as well as mentally & should not have any due work to do. Baby should be clean & dry so that the baby can feel comfortable during breast feeding.
Mother should be in the correct positioning for the successful breast feeding. Mother can be in sitting or side lying down position.
Baby should be well supported by the mother. Baby should be in mother’s fore arm and the head of the baby should be elevated (slightly up).
Baby’s head, neck & back should be in one straight line for effective breast feeding.
Baby should be close to mother & the baby’s trunk should be in touch with mother’s trunk & facing towards the breast.
The chin of Baby’s should touch the mother’s breast and cheek should touch mother’s nipple.
Baby’s mouth should be wide opened & whole of the black part of the breast should be in the baby’s mouth.
Lower lip of the baby should be turned outward & the baby’s nose should not be pressed.
Mother should hear the sound of baby’s swallowing.
If the baby falls asleep after few sucks then mother should arouse the baby by gentle tap behind the ear or by tapping on the sole of foot.
Mother should feed completely from one breast to provide full nutrition to the baby.
Mother should feed alternatively from both breasts to have the maximum benefit of breast feeding.
Mother should burp the baby after each feed.
By following all these health care tips a mother can benefit her baby maximally by breast feeding & can help in the proper growth & development of the baby as the mother’s breast milk is precious for the baby.

September 6, 2013

WHAT IS BREAST FEEDING & VARIOUS BENEFITS OF BREAST FEEDING

Continue with our Online Health Care Awareness now in this article Nursing Officer SL Sharma going to explain health care awareness on Breast feeding. The article is about  “What is Brest Feeding and How Breast Feeding is beneficial for a mother and to her Child.

WHAT IS BREASTFEEDING?
breast feedingBreastfeeding is the best natural feeding for the infant(baby). Breast milk is the best milk than the other milk for babies. Breastfeeding provides all the necessary nutrients to the baby. Breast milk is the safest, hygienic & an effective method for baby feeding. Mother’s milk is the basic & complete food to baby, it also provides emotional & psychological support to both mother as well as to the baby. 

The main cause of the infant’s death is the poor breastfeeding techniques & the practices. So a mother should be aware of the correct breastfeeding techniques & practices for the proper growth of the baby & to keep the baby away from the diseases, so in this article, we are providing you the knowledge about the breastfeeding techniques, its advantages & the medical health care tips for effective breastfeeding.

ADVANTAGES OF THE BREASTFEEDING: As earlier stated the breast milk is the safest, cheapest & most effective way of feeding to the baby. It has many advantages as compared to other ways of baby feeding such as artificial feeding, cow’s milk etc. it provides benefits to both mother as well as to the baby. These advantages are as follows, by keeping in mind these advantages one should always prefer the breastfeeding:
1). NUTRITIVE VALUE: Breast milk of a mother contains all the essential nutrients in the right proportion which are needed for the proper growth & development of the baby. 
Breast milk contains high amount of galactose & lactose which are needed for the growth & development of the baby’s brain, so it also helps in the proper growth & development of baby’s brain. 
Breast milk helps in the absorption of the calcium so it also helps in the bony development of the baby. 
It contains all the essential vitamins, proteins, electrolytes, minerals & water in the rig ht amount which are necessary for the growth & development of the baby. 
Breast milk provides the proper nutrition to the baby.
2). DIGESTIBILITY: Breast milk is easily digestible to the baby as compared to the other milk as it contains the protein which is easily digestible to the baby. 
Breast milk contains enzymes which help in the proper digestion of it that’s why it is easily digestible to baby.
3). PROTECTIVE VALUE: Breast milk contains the immunoglobulin (IgA, IgM, macrophages, lymphocytes) which have the capacity to fight against many diseases & infections so it protects the baby against many infections. 
Breast milk protects the baby from malaria, various infections, allergy, asthma & many other infections. Breast milk provides immunity to baby.
4). PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS: Breast feeding provides psychological benefit to both mother as well to baby. 
Breast feeding promotes the physical as well as the emotional bondage to both the mother & baby by the frequent skin to skin contact, attention & interaction. 
Breast feeding helps in the future in making the better child-parent relationship & lessen the chances of behavioural disorders in the children. 
Breast feeding helps in the development of higher intelligence & feeling of security to infant.
5). BENEFITS TO MOTHER: Exclusive Breast feeding from a mother for the first six months acts as a contraceptive method for the mother, as due to breast feeding there is lactational amenorrhea (absence of menses) because of which mother doesn’t get pregnant. 
Lactational amenorrhea (absence of periods due to breast feeding) helps in restoring the blood means the iron store so the chances of anemia are less to mother.
Breast feeding reduces the chances of ovarian & breast cancer to mother.
It provides psychological satisfaction to mother. It is more convenient for the mother especially in the nights to provide feed to the baby.
6). BENEFITS TO THE FAMILY: Breast feeding is the most economical in terms of saving of money, time & energy of the family. 
Family will spend less on milk, care & illness as a result of the breast feeding because it is natural & also provides immunity to baby to fight with the infections.
BY KNOWING & EVALUATING ALL THESE BENEFITS ONE SHOULD ALWAYS PREFER THE BREASTFEEDING TO FED AN INFANT.
Stay Healthy and Take care of Your Baby…..Red rose